Russia cheers cancellation of U.S. missile defense for Central Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com

On March 15, the United States announced that a planned project to install missile interceptors in central Europe would be cancelled due to a new threat assessment.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands during the playing of service melodies after a swearing in ceremony at the Pentagon on March 14.  /DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stands during the playing of service melodies after a swearing in ceremony at the Pentagon on March 14. /DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

The project would have constituted the final phase of a comprehensive missile defense system in the region that Russia has vehemently opposed from the beginning when the George W. Bush administration started the program.

The decision marked the first major strategic announcements made by new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and reflected the continuing ethos of the Obama administration’s desire to “reset” the button for better strategic relations with Russia.

In the months leading up to the November 2012 presidential election, President Obama promised then Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, in a comment picked up by an open microphone, that he would be able to do more to solve the missile defense matter once his re-election was secured.

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